School of Divinity
Religion: Church Ministries
church, pandemic, online gathering, children's ministry
Marcus, McKinzie, "Online vs On-Site: Navigating the Tension Between Curating Content and Cultivating Connections for Children in the Post-Pandemic Church" (2023). Senior Honors Theses. 1313.
The common Christian cliche “church is not a place, but rather a people” was challenged by the Coronavirus pandemic of early 2020. With the traditional means of assembling in physical spaces unavailable, congregations worldwide resigned themselves to adapting their in-person programs into internet assemblies. As churches step into the post-pandemic era, it is important to consider the implications of this forced shift, especially as it relates to children’s ministry. A consideration of traditional messages and trending methods is necessary. Twenty-first century children’s ministries must seek a healthy balance between curating content and cultivating connections for the children in their churches.